Life is just great at the moment. I wouldn’t say it was fantastic…. because ‘ahem’ the budget, but other than that, everyone in my little family is happy and thriving.
I know life rolls in waves and we can’t be up all the time but right now, I’m riding the crest of that wave and I’m loving it.
There is really nothing out of the ordinary to report to be honest. Everything is just ticking along as it should be. Josh’s super strict teacher has turned out to be a blessing in disguise, and for the first time in three years he is actually doing his homework!! Ok, I do I have ask him several times and there is still a lot of huffing and puffing, but on the whole we haven’t had one showdown! A miracle! Hollie is still as enthusiastic as ever with her homework, and although she struggles a little at times, she tries so hard it makes me so proud. Miss Lexi-Rose is thriving too. She’s going to Kindy three days a week now and she absolutely loves it. I love it too because for the first time in over 4 years I have some child free days to work on my blog, and try to pursue whatever it is that I want to do (it’s a work in progress at the moment). My littlest also has the ENTIRE family very tightly wrapped around her little finger. She says ‘jump’ and we all say ‘how high’. I’m sure it’s going to come back and bite me in the butt soon, but we just let her rule the roost at the moment. Anything for an easy life.
Life on the beaches gives my kids the most idyllic childhood. I do hope they realise just how lucky they are. I spent part of my childhood on the beach too and when we moved to England (which I loved) I still always dreamed that one day when I had my own kids they would grow on the beach too. I still have to pinch myself that Mr D and I have actually made it happen. It’s exactly 4 years this month since we packed up our lives in England and moved to Sydney, and I still think it was the best move we ever made (even if I do have to budget). We’re able to apply for our Australian Citizenship later this year too – YIKES!
Our little kittens have settled in well too. It only took them about a month to venture out from under our sofa. Although they are very affectionate these days (and very tolerant of being man-handled) they are still a pair of scary cats and refuse to go outside. It’s probably not a bad thing though, as there have been several diamond pythons around in the last couple of weeks and our babies are about the perfect size for a python dinner!
My sister is getting married in just over three weeks now in South Africa and we are officially on holiday count down. We’ll be flying to Cape Town for the wedding and spending a week there with my family. We’re then heading off to spend some time with Mr D’s family too. My kids have 5 cousins to get to know and they are super excited. It’s going to be a big trip for us and we’re planing on packing in as much African tourism, big five animal sighting, wine tasting, general relaxing and fun as possible. I’ve heard that the internet in South Africa can be a little temperamental, and there is this thing called ‘load shedding’ where the power just gets randomly turned of, so I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll be doing while we’re away. I’m going to try and write as and when I can though. I will, however, be in Canon heaven – I can’t wait to get my camera out to practice shooting on manual again.
That’s about it from me today, but before I head off to prepare dinner and then the school pick up and general crazy afternoon shenanigans, I thought I’d share this video. She is such a little character. If only you could bottle age 2-3, I’d have one for all of mine.
I hope you’re having an awesome day. Tell me about it….
Oh my gosh. That vid… I was wetting myself the whole time, so precious! (No wonder you’re all wrapped around her little finger!)
Cannot wait to see some of your photos from your travels xox
She sure is a little character. She even loves watching the vid of herself over and over again. I promise to share as many photos as I can xx
South Africa – how exciting! I was born there and I went back on our honeymoon. We did so many things and we loved it all – you’re in for such a treat! We have our citizenship test in a few weeks – so we’re swotting like mad! The good news is it’s much easier than PR!
I didn’t know that Sammy – wow small world. I looking forward to catching up over our Mexican dinner in a couple of weeks. Oh and I’m so glad the citizenship is easier than PR – the paperwork alone on that was a nightmare!! x
My youngest is almost 2.5 and I’m with you- such a joyful age!
I know – they’re hilarious!! x
I love the girls’ wedding outfits! They’re gorgeous! It’s good you have some more time to yourself this year. I am also enjoying having 3 days with Jack at the local pre-school. Some of my aims are to learn to surf (trying to get to the beach one morning a week to do this. Do you want to join me?!) and to relearn the trumpet as Lucy learns the flute this year! I have also volunteered to be Lucy’s team’s netball coach (having not played since high school), so there’s lots to learn and challenge me!
How’s your camper trailer research going? We’re going camping this weekend – I can’t wait to get the tent up again and live outdoors!
Have a fabulous trip to South Africa. xx
Thanks Sara. Wow, you are going to be busy. Surfing lessons sound fun, although I think I’m a bit scared. Are you going to get proper lessons or just try it out yourself. Maybe I will come along – for a swim anyway, lol. Drop me a txt next time your’re going.
Oh and guess what – we bought a trailer!! So exciting! It arrives in 2 weeks. Happy camping and enjoy your weekend x
She is too cute! I love her moves.
It’s nice when you have those up periods where everything is good and cruisey. It’s those times that make the bad times easier to bear, I think.
Exactly. That’s a good word – cruisey! I was a bit worried that I was cursing myself by pressing publish on this one!!
What a lovely post. So refreshing to see all things, big and small appreciated. That beach shot is fab!
Thanks Lydia xx
Oh my Gosh! Too cute. Love those dresses and be necklaces too. Just gorgeous. It looks like a beautiful place you live in and a great place to raise kids. I’m glad all is well in your part of the world x
Thanks Renee. We are very lucky indeed. Have to pinch myself sometimes x
Oh life does sound pleasant for you right now. Must ride that wave and soak it all up whilst it’s cruising nicely. Time to yourself, life by the beach and a trip to South Africa. Awesome! Enjoy the count down to such an amazing trip x
Thanks Vicki. I have a feeling the it might be a bit of a frazzly week before with packing and rushing etc, but I cannot wait to get there now :)) x
OMG I just had to watch that video twice because DAMN she is so bloody cute and those dance moves had me cacking. You are going to be so happy you captured that when she is all grown up. xx
I know – she is hysterical!! I have several crackers for her 21st birthday xx
OH my. I think she’s wrapped me around her finger now too. That video is so cute 🙂
Hahaha, Her and Sugarpuff should hang out!! x
You certainly do live in the best spot!! I love the Northern Beaches, we often drive over in the summer..still a 40 minute drive for us to the beach. I would love to live closer!! One day. Enjoy your trip!
Next time you drive over we should meet up for a coffee. Yes, we are very lucky indeed xx
The video is just adorable and boy does she have some moves! Reminds me that I really need to record more of my tornadoes dancing. Miss T is currently into “breakdancing” – hilarious stuff. Big props to you for your video work too – my footage gets a bit shaky from laughing while I’m filming 🙂
Thanks! It is really hard not to laugh sometimes when filming the kids. I often use a go-pro as it’s much easier x
What a gorgeous video, how good would it be to be 2-3 again, not a care in the world. Love it!
I’ve joined your ranks, although we haven’t moved as far, only 8 hours away from family and friends, I’m hoping it will be the best move we ever made too, so we can slow down and just enjoy all the ordinary moments more.
Have a great time in South Africa. x
Sometimes the scariest moves are often the best. Well that’s what I’m found it to be so far. Glad you’re enjoying yours even though you don’t have family around the corner any more xx
I love those matching outfits! How adorable, are they?
So nice to hear that things are going well. Love hearing these updates – we get to have a lovely snippet into your life.
Can’t wait to hear more about the Australian Citizenship! Big step!
Yes BIG step indeed. We’ve stared the ball rolling already and Mr D has just renounced his South African citizenship. We’ll be Aussies by the end of the year xx